The Carolina Panorama newspaper will honor 18 local businesses at a banquet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street.
The event – “A Tribute to the Legacy of Black Businesses” – will honor African-American -owned businesses in the Midlands that have been in continuous operation for 40 years or longer and have been run by at least two generations of the same family.
“Black businesses are a pillar of our community. It is important that we honor those on whose shoulders modern businesses are built,” Nathaniel Abraham Jr., current editor in chief of the newspaper, said in a statement.
The celebration will honor Abraham’s father, Nathaniel Abraham Sr., who founded the newspaper more than 50 years ago.
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The other businesses being honored include: AP Williams Funeral Home, Angeline’s Beauty & Wig Salon, Cooper & Cooper, Davis Paint & Body Shop, Damon’s Son Ornamental Iron Works, Frazier Signs & Designs, Glymph & Sons, Howard’s Garage, Johnson’s Restaurant, JP Holley Funeral Home, Koger Paint & Body Shop, Leevy’s Funeral Home, M&Z Style Maker, Manigault-Hurley Funeral Home, Outen Fencing, Palmer Memorial Chapel, Taylor Brothers Construction Co. and Trezevant Funeral Home & Crematorium.
These businesses have been successful in “passing the baton” of operations to the next generation – a vital ingredient in their longevity, organizers said.
University of South Carolina head track and field coach Curtis Frye will be the keynote speaker. James Solomon, who was one of the first African-Americans to integrate USC, also will be a special guest speaker.
A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 7 p.m. For more information about tickets, call (803) 256-4015.